Almost six months after the New National Party won the 19 February General Elections, new ambassadors who were named within weeks of the new administration taking office have begun taking up their posts and presenting their credentials to the relevant Heads of State.
Foreign Affairs Minister Nickolas Steele informed the House of Representatives at the end of July session, that by the end of August, all new ambassadors will be deployed. “Mr Speaker, I am pleased to announce that the Governments of the various countries have accepted our nominees for the post of ambassadors,” he said.
The New ambassadors are: Karl Hood who will be in China; Dr Angus Friday who will be based in Washington and will also be the representative to the OAS; Claris Charles who will be in Cuba; Joslyn Whiteman who will be the High Commissioner in London; and Mr. Hassan Hadeed who is the Ambassador to Venezuela. Dr Denis Antoine will be the new ambassador to the United Nations. The new ambassadors are expected to work along with the Ministry of Foreign to improve diplomatic and bilateral relations in the best interest of both countries.
For the first time since Independence Grenada will not be having a Consul General at the New York Mission, but instead a Honorary Consul General. This position which is almost equivalent to that of Honorary Consulate as the person appointed — Derek James will not be able to perform the task of Consul General. All official duties of the Consul General will be handled by Washington.
Minister Steele said on Saturday that with regards to the Brussels Embassy, there will no longer be a Grenada Embassy there, as the entire OECS will be moving to open one embassy and appoint one ambassador.
“The OECS will appoint an ambassador to represent the sub region, but each island will have its own space within that office,” said Steele as he explains that this format of operation is already taking place in Canada.